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Fleet Plan News: Alitalia receives first ERJ-190

The Italian flag-carrier took delivery on 21 September 2011 of the first of 20 new Embraer E-Jets. The aircraft (reg EI-RNA, serial 19000470) was the first of five GE CF34-10 powered ERJ-190s and 15 GE CF34-8 powered ERJ-175s ordered through a $543 million (€400 million) leasing deal with Air Lease Corporation signed in March 2011. The second and third E-190s (EI-RNB/ 19000473 and EI-RNC/ 19000503) are expected in October 2011 and December 2011, respectively. The first two E-170s (EI-RDA/ 17000330 and EI-RDB/ 17000331) are expected in October and November 2011, respectively. All 20 E-jets are scheduled for delivery by the end of August 2012.

Alitalia's Express division has operated six Embraer E-170s since 2004. Following the CAI takeover in November 2008, Alitalia regional and domestic flights have been operated by both Alitalia Express and by Alitalia Cityliner (the former Air One Cityliner) with a fleet of 10 Bombardier CRJ900s. Conflicting reports suggest both that all 16 of these aircraft will be progressively replaced in service by the new E-jets, and that the six E-170s will be retained. The new E-jets are configured in all economy layouts for 100 passengers in the E-190s and 88 passengers in the E-175s. The E-jets will be used on Alitalia’s domestic and intra-European point-to-point networks, operating from seven airports: Rome Fiumicino, Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Turin, Venice, Naples, and Catania. Alitalia's joint maintenance agreement for E-jets signed in September 2010  with Air France Industries and Embraer is expected to be extended to cover the new E-175s and E-190s.

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